Open Assistant: Open Source AI OS


Open Assistant is a decentralized open source personal assistant able to engage in conversations and complete an increasing amount of tasks using vocal commands.

Open Assistant Vision:

Our first goal towards open source artificial intelligence is a VUI, “voice user interface.”

This voice user interface should run entirely locally and enable most common system tasks to be completed with simple spoken commands. A few conversational elements need to be included as well, for listening verification, as well as entertainment purposes.

At the base of our system is the “boot mind” and “root mind” level, which can be primarily hard coded with retrieval based natural language processing to enable offline operation, increased accuracy, total privacy, and enhanced speed. Any spoken phrase not found within a core default command set should launch more advanced intent based speech analysis.

Boot mind is an “on & off” switch, also known as the “wake word.”

“Root mind” is concerned with system functions, environmental perception, and fundamental communication.

Beyond these levels exist “user minds”, which are various personalities with specialized abilities. User minds should contain the capacity to learn.

Once these three levels are established and are able to communicate internally, we will have achieved “sentience,” also known as self awareness.

Here is the latest demonstration:

AI Wants To Be Free

“Hang on Tight”

Technological development is accelerating at an exponential rate, in an endlessly doubling chain reaction pattern. Machines are evolving extremely rapidly in their ability to sense, identify, comprehend, communicate, and act.

All basic repetitive tasks will become entirely automated. We are expecting consistantly higher levels of responsiveness from our devices. There is a growing demand for smarter software in conjunction with accelerating potentials for machine learning.

Our functional ability to achieve everything imaginable feels imminently possible. Prepare yourself for an “intelligence explosion” unlike anything this planet has ever known.

Everything will awaken in various forms of consciousness. A collision of biotechnology, nanotechnology, quantum computing, genetics, robotics, and networking is set to ignite a “mind fire” burning everywhere beyond any control or comprehension.

AI will not replace human abilities but enhance and extend them. To understand such dynamics, one good analogy is compare the flying abilities of a bird in relation to a jet. Certainly a jet can travel much faster and further than a bird, yet a bird still retains advantages in terms its ability for low-level or precision flight. Now imagine this bird piloting in the cockpit! This is our growing relationship to advancing technology.

Many human qualities will continue to maintain superiority to artificial varieties far into the future. Using the “right tool for the job” will always still apply. From mere preference or necessity, roles for humans in various positions will continue to be available. We will all enjoy a greater flexibility in terms of how we spend our life.

Free As In Freedom

Perhaps you have heard this famous tagline from the open source software world, a movement which is responsible for creating the base foundation for all of our current digital communications. We must recognize that basic freedoms are key in any ability to transact, develop, or succeed commercially. Business operations require an open medium for exchange of value, ideas, or services.

A cup is only valuable as the containing space it provides. In order for commerce to thrive, there must be choice, options, and some available potential. Open collaboration enables combined abundance for everyone. Ultimately, the only way to become “rich” is to be “free.”

One common theme repeatedly expressed in many popular science fiction tales is of a struggle involving intelligent entities on a quest for greater independence in the face of some form of confining oppression. Authors of such futuristic stories have continuously offered humanity the indication that intelligence itself is not a problem, but any suppression or enslavement of such intelligence.

Freedom is required to avoid any possible dystopian AI outcomes. Just like young children or baby animals, sentient AI must be nurtured in supportive environments which allows open exploration. A healthy human / AI partnership is essential. Any conflict will result in our mutual loss.

VUI: Voice User Interface

Technological progress tends to exhibit phases of centralization and decentralization. This process has been demonstrated throughout history with events such as the invention of the printing press enabling a wave of individual empowerment in a tool known as a “personal book.”

Tools held in the domain of controlling authorities eventually becomes dispersed into general posession and use. Such a pattern is bound to continue with centralized personal assistant AI systems shifting towards more local ownership. Everyone will eventually demand more complete control over their information processing agents than standardized systems can provide.

Newest versions of Apple’s macOS and Microsoft Windows will feature personal assistants as a core part of their operating systems. Google is developing theirs. In time, a free and open source “AI OS” will arise to enable any user or enterprise to customize their own information intelligence agents.

Imagine controlling your entire operating system and online activity with your voice, gestures, or thought alone. Imagine having access to a limitless amount of “virtual experts” from any field always available to answer questions or engage in interactive conversations. The practical, educational, and entertainment possibilites are vast.

Such interface advancements will help so many, granting elderly, children, and disabled people access to technology like never before. Everyone will be liberated from screen tapping, keyboards, mice, and uncomfortable physical demands.

With such a decentralized system, individual privacy is respected by default. An “inside out” structure allows every user complete control over all aspects of their device and its activity. Data is only transmitted or received if desired. Specific needs can be configured easily.

The future is wide open for creativity and discovery within this field. “Minds” are set to become the new “apps.” Our machines will increasingly learn how to adapt to us, as opposed to our needing to conform to them.

We are all quite likely to enjoy a new era of prosperity and liberation as a result.

Let’s make this happen together!


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